By February 16, 2013 2 Comments

Why I REALLY Shoot Portraits in JPEG instead of RAW.

So if you had a big budget location shoot for a Fortune 5000 client, any camera system you can think of, a crew of 5 including a world-class Photoshop expert, and if you had all the time you needed, why in the world would a photographer still shoot in jpeg mode instead of RAW?

I am never afraid to tell you the truth, even if it stings a bit. In this vlog post for DiscoverMirrorless and for the Crockettville vlog on ShootSmarter, I will share you a valuable tip on how to grow as a photographer – one compressed click at a time.

About the Author:

Will Crockett, commercial hybrid photographer, photo technology developer, and webTV personality is focused on learning how to master hybrid imaging. The skillful blend of photo+video+audio is clearly the future of photography, but how do we shoot and shape and share and sell these hybrid "eProducts"? Dunno, but with Will Crockett as the technical genius and unstoppable force behind this transition from shooting still photos into creating pictures with depth and dimension we will surely figure it out! : ) Will is an open, honest, bright guy that shares what he learns here on this website about hybrid, eProducts, mirrorless cameras, and all the wonderful software tools that allow us to make better, smarter images for share or the sell. For years, non-pro photographers and pros alike have seen Will's videos, gone to his fun live events, and learned how to be a smarter photographer. Take a look at Will's current (and classic) images at, his consulting work for clients big and small at, and the great info on hybrid eProducts and mirrorless cameras on, and of course his premium videos at Will is credited with the construction of the Lumix Luminary talent team, and the Fujifilm Elite Talent team, and is our "coach" of the Hybrid Heroes.

2 Comments on "Why I REALLY Shoot Portraits in JPEG instead of RAW."

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  1. tschafli says:

    Excellent video, I completely agree. I just switched from Nikon to Panasonic and using a GH3 I’ve decided to shoot mostly jpeg instead of mostly raw. Shooting mirror less has really helped my confidence that I’m getting the shot. One of my mirror less friends has described this as pre chimping and I love it. I really feel like the camera gets out of the way so I can be creative, even when shooting manual with off camera flash. And shooting in jpeg really reduces the amount of time I need to edit so I’m getting to shoot more and that raises my confidence too.

  2. RobertLynch says:


    “What is [sic] something goes wrong? Either me, [sic] or my team will catch it.”

    Perhaps you or your team should have caught those.

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